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Famous science commentator to speak at conference in Tullamore

The Atlantic Corridor STEM Conference, which focuses on how science, technology, engineering and maths are taught in our schools and colleges, takes place on March 10th 2011 with a keynote speaker of international quality.

Dr. Ben Goldacre M.D. is an author of the Guardian newspaper’s weekly column called Bad Science. His website www.badscience.net is devoted to satirical criticism of scientific inaccuracy, health scares, pseudoscience and quackery.

It focuses especially on examples from the mass media, consumer product marketing, problems with the pharmaceutical industry and its relationship to medical journals as well as complementary and alternative medicine in Britain.

In its third year, the conference gives industry professionals such as teachers, lecturers and anyone connected to the education sector the opportunity to examine the quality in the way in which certain subjects are taught in our schools and colleges.

It examines how young the children should be when introducing them to STEM subjects as well as methods used to teach. The conference examines alternatives to this and gives educators an opportunity to help make a difference to the existing curriculum.

The conference will also host over 100 Transition Year students who will be challenged to give their honest views on the subjects. The students will then deliver the results to those attending the conference. Killina Presentation School, Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, will be taking part in the student workshop and be presenting findings to the main conference.

The conference takes place on March 10th 2011 in the Tullamore Court Hotel. To book your place at this event, please visit www.eventelephant.com/atlanticconference2011.

Other speakers at the conference include Sarah Baird from the Arizona Centre for STEM Education, Prof. Patrick Cunningham Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government, Dr. Thad Starner Founder and Director of the Contextual Computing Group in Georgia Tech and Paul Carroll from CPL.